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06/30/2008

New Policy Aims to Help Prevent Loss of Leave      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers expecting to lose annual leave on Sept. 30 due to caps on carryover leave will be the first to benefit from a new policy.

06/30/2008

Guantanamo Detainee Charged for Role in USS Cole Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Saudi Arabian national being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged with planning and preparing for the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors and wounded 39 others.

06/30/2008

Enemy Neutralized in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - The enemy in the eastern portion of Iraq’s Anbar province has been neutralized, the coalition commander in the area said.

06/30/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six enemy fighters and detained 22 terrorism suspects in recent operations, military officials said.

06/30/2008

Six Units Get Call for 2009 Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has alerted six combat units for deployment to Iraq from January to March 2009, which would maintain the current level of effort there.

06/30/2008

America Supports You: ‘Hire A Hero’ Launches Campaign to Thank Troops      

WASHINGTON - The goal of a troop-support group’s new Web-based campaign is simple: tell the troops “thank you” a million times over.

06/30/2008

Wiesbaden Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - Sixty years after the Berlin Airlift, thousands of Americans and Germans -- including participants in the legendary humanitarian mission and survivors of the blockade -- gathered in Wiesbaden, Germany, to celebrate the airlift’s anniversary.

06/30/2008

Bush Signs $162 Billion Supplemental War Funding Bill      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a $162 billion supplemental bill that principally will fund U.S. military operations abroad.

06/30/2008

Infantry Soldiers Share Bond With Iraqi Comrades  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and Iraqi National Police officers have developed a unique bond as they unite to protect the people of Baghdad.

06/30/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Service Rooted in Patriotism  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Motivated by 9/11, Army Spc. Jontel Watson delayed college and enlisted at 17 to continue his family's proud military tradition.

06/30/2008

Program Trains Auxiliary Police Officers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team trains Afghan men in a unique program to become part of the Afghan National Auxiliary Police force.

06/29/2008

U.S. Ambassador Cites Positive Changes in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is enjoying substantial political and economic progress, in addition to better security, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said.

06/29/2008

Iraqi Forces Detain Suspect Linked to Rocket Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s Baqubah Emergency Response Force detained a suspected al-Qaida member in Udaim, north of Baghdad.

06/29/2008

General Recounts 3rd Infantry Division’s Iraq Deployment      

FORT STEWART, Ga. - While most people only read about history, the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division helped to make history during their 15-month deployment to Iraq, the division’s commander said.

06/27/2008

Guard Bureau Chief Praises Efforts in Fighting Fires, Floods  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The chief of the National Guard Bureau visited troops fighting fires in California and Midwest floods, praising their responses and citing cooperation among states during an emergency

06/27/2008

Reports Detail Progress in Afghan Security, National Forces      

WASHINGTON - Two Defense Department reports on Afghanistan describe overall progress, with one depicting a "fragile" security environment improving as Afghan citizens connect to their new government.

06/27/2008

Marines in Afghanistan Disrupt Taliban’s Freedom of Movement      

WASHINGTON - The 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines are disrupting the Taliban’s freedom of movement in Afghanistan’s Helmand and Farah provinces.

06/27/2008

USNS Mercy Provides Relief in Southeast Asia      

WASHINGTON - After a floating hospital known as USNS Mercy steams away from ports across Southeast Asia, the ship’s presence will live on in the host countries it helped along the way.

06/27/2008

USS Boxer Concludes Latin-American Humanitarian Mission      

WASHINGTON - USS Boxer has returned to port after a two-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Latin America during which medical professionals saw about 14,000 patients and a veterinary team treated about 2,900 animals.

06/27/2008

Coalition Forces Kill One, Detain 11, Find Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one militant, detained 11 suspected terrorists and found numerous weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

06/27/2008

America Supports You: Hunting Dog Trained for Wounded Soldier  This story contains photos.    

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A soldier recovering from a roadside-bomb attack has a trained hunting dog, thanks to one American's generosity.

06/27/2008

Army Accelerates Delivery of Future Combat Systems Technologies      

WASHINGTON - Infantry brigade teams will get key combat technologies called “spinouts” sooner than planned.

06/27/2008

Officials Identify Mosul al-Qaida Leader Killed in Recent Operation      

BAGHDAD - A terrorist killed during a Mosul operation has been identified as the city’s top al-Qaida in Iraq leader.

06/27/2008

Civil Affairs Projects Help to Rebuild Afghan District  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A provincial reconstruction team civil affairs leader met with local representatives in Afghan villages to discuss future rebuilding projects.

06/27/2008

Berlin Airlift Veterans Return to Germany for Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It wasn't until 1998 that Berlin Airlift veteran Dub Southers thought about the importance of the 1948 effort that provided vital resources to the German city cut in half by Soviet rule.

06/27/2008

Largest Public Works Substation Opens in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Coalition and Iraqi forces and local citizens gathered for the opening of the biggest public works substation in Baghdad.

06/26/2008

Gates Welcomes Pakistan’s Pledge to Reassert Pressure at Afghan Border      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised a pledge by Pakistani officials to renew pressure along its northwestern border, where militants responsible for violence in eastern Afghanistan have taken refuge.

06/26/2008

America Supports You: Elmo Visits Military Kids to Help With Deployment Stress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Elmo has a busy summer bringing “The Sesame Street Experience” to 43 military installations to help children cope.

06/26/2008

Aptitude Test Helps Students Find Strengths      

WASHINGTON - A program based on the armed services aptitude test helps students find their strengths and plan their future -- even if those plans don't include the military.

06/26/2008

Guard Members Continue to Fight Floods, Fires  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard soldiers and airmen are maintaining a steady battle against California wildfires and flooding in four Midwestern states.

06/26/2008

Chairman Sets Course for Smooth Transition to Next Administration      

STUTTGART, Germany - The Joint Staff already is working to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible for the next commander in chief, the chairman said.

06/26/2008

Home-Front Support is Key to Success, Soldier Says      

WASHINGTON - A soldier who earned the Bronze Star Medal in Iraq cites home-front support as vital to fighting the war on terror.

06/26/2008

Mullen Offers Encouragement as New Africa Command Takes Shape      

STUTTGART, Germany - The top U.S. military officer challenged the U.S. Africa Command staff to seize the opportunities presented as they stand up a uniquely organized command that brings more focus to a vital part of the world.

06/26/2008

Iraqi Soldiers, Police Make Progress Purging Amarah of Militias      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police, assisted by coalition troops, are making progress in driving militias out of the southeastern part of the country, a senior U.S. military officer said.

06/26/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed enemy fighters and detained four suspected militants in Afghanistan.

06/26/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill Enemies, Capture Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three militants, detained 20 suspects and found weapons in Iraq.

06/26/2008

Iraqi Army, Coalition Troops Provide Medical Care at School  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKAN, Iraq - More than 200 adults and 80 children received medical care during a combined medical engagement at the Al Herea School in Farisiyah, Iraq.

06/26/2008

Supreme Court to Review Rulings on Navy’s Use of Sonar      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a series of lower court rulings that restrict the Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises off the coast of Southern California.

06/26/2008

NATO’s Long-Term Relevance Hinges on Afghanistan, Mullen Says      

GARMISCH, Germany - NATO’s long-term relevance will be tied to success in Afghanistan, and the slower NATO moves to ensure that success, the longer it will take to achieve, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/25/2008

Defense, Education Departments Sign Pact on Military Children      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Education departments signed a memorandum of understanding that addresses the quality of education and the unique challenges faced by children of military families.

06/25/2008

Defense Department Press Service Expands Service Line      

WASHINGTON - American Forces Press Service, the preeminent Defense Department information source, has unveiled a digital tool that officials say catapults it into a new realm of information distribution.

06/25/2008

Pentagon Officials Testify on Chinese Military Buildup      

WASHINGTON - Though the Defense Department doesn’t see China as a strategic adversary, the country’s military buildup and lack of openness in how it’s proceeding has officials wondering about the intentions of Chinese leaders.

06/25/2008

NFL Coach Visits Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Head coach Mike Nolan of the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and former defensive back Eric Davis visited troops in Afghanistan.

06/25/2008

Official Praises Proposed Education Benefits      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department spokesman expressed satisfaction that a proposed bill allowing troops to transfer their education benefits to family members passed the first round of congressional voting.

06/25/2008

Army, Homeland Security Cooperate to Achieve Common Goals  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - An Army medical research facility and the Department of Homeland Security are working together on a laboratory to help protect the nation's troops.

06/25/2008

Chemical Defense Collaboration Protects Nation  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Army scientists are at the forefront of chemical defense research to test their theories to help in protecting and healing the nation’s warfighters.

06/25/2008

Bush, Talabani Discuss Iraq Issues at White House Meeting      

WASHINGTON - President Bush welcomed Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to the White House as a friend of the United States and as the leader of a free country.

06/25/2008

America Supports You: ‘Angels’ Deliver Music to Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Some troops recovering from injuries in Texas will soon receive the gift of music from "Angels" in the form of Gibson guitars.

06/25/2008

Coalition Forces Disrupt Militant Networks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition aircrews killed about 22 militants who were attacking district centers in Paktika province yesterday, as Coalition forces continue to disrupt militant networks in Afghanistan.

06/25/2008

Troops Kill 21 Enemy Fighters, Detain 22 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed 21 enemy fighters and detained 22 terrorism suspects in recent Iraq operations.

06/25/2008

U.S. Airmen Train Iraqi Maintainers  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq - While Iraqi air force pilots continue flying sorties to aid stability in their nation, Iraqi ground crews have achieved important benchmarks to keep their fleet in the air.

06/25/2008

Defense Department Celebrates 35 Years of All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - On July 1, the nation will mark 35 years of an armed military made up solely of volunteers.

06/25/2008

Face of Defense: Supply Sergeant Supports Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Sgt. Jeremy Reynolds, a supply sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division, sees his job as one that makes or breaks his company.

06/25/2008

Child of Berlin Airlift Tells Her Story  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - A storybook came alive for German and American youth in Wiesbaden, Germany, when the tale’s lead character appeared in person.

06/25/2008

Anniversary Evokes Memories of Berlin Airlift  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, the citizens of the city of Wiesbaden and other visitors are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift June 26-29. The visitors would likely find it hard to imagine what the country resembled after the massive destruction of World War II.

06/24/2008

America Supports You: Lake Michigan Cruise Recognizes Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Veterans can enjoy an afternoon cruise dedicated to them on Lake Michigan in a long, tradition building relationships.

06/24/2008

Afghan Security Forces Lead Response to Taliban Prison Break      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces led successful operations last week to counter the Taliban’s raid on a Kandahar city prison.

06/24/2008

Bush Commits Navy Support Following Philippines Typhoon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command is moving quickly to support President Bush’s promise to provide naval assets in the wake of a typhoon that left more than 150 dead and hundreds missing in the Philippines.

06/24/2008

Guard Aircraft, Crews Battle California Wildfires      

WASHINGTON - Army and Air National Guard members from California and North Carolina are supporting firefighting efforts in Northern California.

06/24/2008

General Cites Security, Development, Governance Gains in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S., coalition and Afghan security forces are hunting down the Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan, while vital reconstruction and governance programs spread across the country, a senior U.S. military officer said.

06/24/2008

Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Mosul, Other Suspects Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader and three other attackers and detained more than a dozen suspects in various operations.

06/24/2008

African Nations Working for Maritime Security  This story contains photos.    

DJIBOUTI - Representatives from 10 East African nations, along with a coalition from the United Kingdom, France and the United States, participated in a group to lay foundation for a partnership in maritime security.

06/24/2008

General Cites Work to Improve Communications With Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Pakistani military officials are working to improve communications and collaboration, especially along the 450-mile-long Afghanistan-Pakistan border, a senior U.S. officer posted in Afghanistan said.

06/24/2008

Signal Soldiers Wire Forward Operating Base in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - The soldiers of Company B, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, stay busy running a technical control facility and 26 miles of fiber-optic cable through a series of manholes around Forward Operating Base Delta, Iraq.

06/24/2008

Civil-Military Operations Center Opens in Afghanistan      

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines and British troops of Task Force Helmand opened a joint civil-military operations center near the British Forward Operating Base Delhi in Helmand province.

06/24/2008

Face of Defense: Lieutenant Mentors Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Army 1st Lt. Carolyn Frazier is a 3rd Infantry Division platoon leader who takes care of the health and well-being of her soldiers as they perform transportation missions in Iraq.

06/23/2008

Mullen Urges Joint Staff to Speed Up Warfighter Support      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military officer called on the Joint Staff to speed up efforts to get new capabilities to warfighters to enhance their ability to win wars now and in the future.

06/23/2008

Violence in Iraq Drops to Four-Year Low      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Iraq dropped in May to its lowest level in four years, according to a Defense Department report released to Congress.

06/23/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Family Members With Education      

WASHINGTON - Military family members looking to further their education can turn to a support organization called Thanks USA.

06/23/2008

Chairman Calls Homeless Veterans ‘Hugely Important Issue’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling the issue “hugely important,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the nation must fully integrate efforts to help homeless veterans.

06/23/2008

America Supports You: ‘Good Grief Camp’ Helps Children Overcome Loss  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bonded by their families' sacrfices, 300 of war’s youngest survivors came together to form friendships and coping skills at a “Good Grief Camp."

06/23/2008

President Nominates Woman Army General for Fourth Star      

WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated Army Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody for promotion to general, which would make her the first female four-star officer in U.S. history.

06/23/2008

Guard Ratchets Up Efforts in Midwestern Flooding      

WASHINGTON - Missouri is the latest Midwestern state to see increasing numbers of National Guard soldiers and airmen on duty in the face of the region’s worst flooding in 15 years.

06/23/2008

Attacks in Iraq Down 80 Percent Since June 2007, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The number of weekly attacks in Iraq has dropped from about 1,200 a week in June 2007 to about 200 a week, due in part to coalition forces aggressively pursuing the enemy, the commander of a key tactical unit in Iraq said.

06/23/2008

‘Jingle Air’ Supplies Isolated Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - A new helicopter service,“Jingle Air,” moves cargo to hard-to-reach locations and delivers supplies to isolated forces in Afghanistan.

06/23/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Scores of Militants, Capture Several Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops and Afghan security forces killed scores of militants and captured more than a dozen others during recent operations.

06/23/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Soldiers Light Up Baghdad Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Solar-powered street lights are being installed in a Baghdad neighborhood to deter militant activity and improve safety.

06/23/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Applies Leadership Lessons  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Recently promoted Army 1st Sgt. Anthony Farinosi is filling the role as a company's top enlisted soldier for a second time. But he's most proud of another title that fits all areas of his life: coach.

06/23/2008

Hollywood Effects Aid Marine Training  This story contains photos.    

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. - A Hollywood special effects company set up realistic scenarios at an Indiana urban training center to help troops get a taste of what they'll experience in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/22/2008

Iraqi Forces Conduct Operations to Pacify Amarah      

WASHINGTON - After successfully restoring order in the Basra, Mosul and the Sadr City section of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces are focused on the city of Amarah.

06/22/2008

Coalition Troops Kill Militants During Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed and captured a number of militants in Afghanistan over the past three days, targeting a Taliban commander.

06/22/2008

Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered and confiscated weapons caches and captured insurgents during ongoing operations over the past several days in Iraq.

06/22/2008

Center Develops Partnerships to Create Cutting-Edge Medical Technologies      

WASHINGTON - The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center on Fort Detrick, Md., is advancing new medical technologies to offer solutions on medical issues ranging from diabetes to protection against the effects of head injury.

06/21/2008

Joint Conference Exhibits Showcase Support for U.S. Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Members of the military services, Defense Department civilian employees and military contractors showcased how they harness technology to provide support for U.S. warfighters at the 2008 Joint Warfighter Conference.

06/20/2008

Air Force Secretary Bids Farewell  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Outgoing Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne bade farewell to the organization he’s directed since November 2005.

06/20/2008

Vice Chairman Cites Need for Cyber Warfare Experimentation      

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - The services need to experiment in cyber warfare to figure out how to use technology effectively on the battlefield, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/20/2008

Team Teaches CPR to Afghan Medical Providers  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan medical providers learned lifesaving skills at a Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team course.

06/20/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Four, Detain Dozens in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraq security forces killed four enemy fighters and detained dozens more during several operations over the past few days.

06/20/2008

Bush Lauds House Passage of War Funding, More GI Bill Benefits      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the House of Representatives for passing a supplemental war spending bill that includes expanded Montgomery GI Bill benefits, and he urged the Senate to quickly do the same.

06/20/2008

Officials Provide Information for Employees Victimized by Flood      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have issued information to assist federal employees and agencies affected by the recent flooding throughout the Midwest and Mississippi River Valley.

06/20/2008

Gates Praises Hayden as General Retires to Become Civilian CIA Director  This story contains photos.    

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden at his retirement ceremony as “the quintessential intelligence professional in government” who will continue making profound contributions as the Central Intelligence Agency’s civilian director.

06/20/2008

Budget Workshop Helps Basra Move Forward      

BASRA, Iraq - A U.S-led reconstruction team, U.S. Army engineers and development organizations conducted a budget workshop to help Iraqi officials get projects on line more quickly and efficiently.

06/19/2008

Gas Prices Hitting Troops Where it Hurts      

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - For the first time since the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff began talking to troops worldwide, the cost of gas is popping up as a concern.

06/19/2008

Irregular Warfare Presents Challenge For U.S. Military, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The U.S. military will be engaged in irregular warfare operations for some time to come, a senior U.S. military officer said.

06/19/2008

Chairman’s ‘Short List:’ Take Care of People      

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - The mood in the C-17 Globemaster III hanger at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., was festive as nearly 1,000 airmen waited for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take the stage for an “all-hands” call.

06/19/2008

Last Surge Brigade to Return After Successful 13-Month Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The last of the five Army brigades to deploy with the “troop surge” in Iraq will return in July after a 13-month deployment, during which soldiers detained more than 800 terrorist suspects and helped foster Iraqi self-governance.

06/19/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Started With Nothing, Credits Corps for Success  This story contains photos.    

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - Cpl. Andrew E. Nelson says joining the Marines gave him a sense of purpose, a feeling he didn't have growing up.

06/19/2008

U.S., Iraqi Troops Detain 35 in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi troops detained 35 suspected terrorists during recent operations in northern Iraq, military officials said.

06/19/2008

Coalition, Afghan Troops Detain Five in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained five suspected insurgents during separate operations recently in Afghanistan’s Ghanzi and Paktia provinces, officials said.

06/19/2008

Air Force Adopts New Technology, Confronts Rising Fuel Costs      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Air Force is using more high-tech platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles to combat extremists overseas while it seeks ways to mitigate the rising cost of fuel.

06/19/2008

President Confers Medal of Freedom on Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Pace      

WASHINGTON - President Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace during a White House ceremony.

06/19/2008

Life-Saving Surgeries in Boston Await Iraqi Child  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Surgeons at Children’s Hospital in Boston have agreed to donate their services to help a 1-year-old Iraq girl, first seen by Army doctors in February.

06/19/2008

Surge Troops Stabilized Iraq, Chairman Tells Troops      

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The U.S. military’s top officer told about 1,000 soldiers gathered at Fort Lewis, Wash., that they set the stage for positive security gains in Iraq as part of last year’s troop surge efforts.

06/18/2008

Army General Cites Challenging Recruiting Environment      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Army is now exceeding its recruiting requirements, but that force may contain more soldiers who needed waivers to sign up in the years ahead.

06/18/2008

Accountability Office Urges Air Force to Re-Bid Tanker Contract      

WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Air Force reopen the bidding process for the service’s aerial refueling aircraft contract.

06/18/2008

Terrorists Use Roadside Bombs as Strategic Weapon, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq employ improvised explosive devices as a weapon of choice to sap the willpower of the American people.

06/18/2008

Defense Department Program Informs Overseas Voters      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program is working to ensure overseas government employees, civilian contractors, troops and their spouses have all the information they need to make their votes count.

06/18/2008

Iraqi Air Force Makes Great Strides, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi air force is making great strides as it continues to train and begins supporting Iraqi army and police forces, the U.S. advisor to the force said.

06/18/2008

America Supports You: Arizona Support Group Receives Recognition      

WASHINGTON - An Arizona congressman has recognized a group from his state for its dedication to supporting the troops.

06/18/2008

Rebuilding Continues in Iraq Despite Setbacks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition construction worth about $2.5 billion is proceeding in Iraq, despite attacks that have injured people, delays caused by land-deed disputes, and low-level corruption.

06/18/2008

U.S., Iraqi Troops in Northern Iraq Kill One, Detain 23      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi troops killed one enemy fighter and detained 23 suspected terrorists during recent operations in northern Iraq.

06/18/2008

Midwestern Guardsmen Respond to Rising Flood Waters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of National Guard troops in the Midwest have moved into high gear to reinforce levees, conduct security patrols and deliver supplies as record-breaking floods surged through the heartland.

06/18/2008

General Blames Iranian-Backed Militants for Baghdad Explosion      

WASHINGTON - An explosion that killed at least 27 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad likely was the work of Iranian-backed “special groups,” a U.S. spokesman said.

06/18/2008

Low-Altitude Delivery Service Takes Supplies to Ground Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Members of the “speedball” aircrew perform low-altitude delivery services to units during missions when normal delivery is difficult.

06/18/2008

Face of Defense: Life of Adaptation Helps Soldier in Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - For Army Staff Sgt. Hiram Barbosa, an armored vehicle commander dedicated to family and fitness, adapting to his environment has been a way of life.

06/18/2008

Electrical Work Keeps Potable Water Flowing to Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division is working to ensure Baghdad’s water supply with nonstop operations for the Karkh Water Treatment Plant.

06/18/2008

Marine Deployment Training Impresses Chairman      

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - In searing California heat that resembles Iraq's desert climate, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Marines and sailors going through the latest in pre-deployment combat training.

06/18/2008

Chairman Emphasizes Leadership as Fix to Air Force Problems      

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Good leadership at all levels will fix what ails the Air Force, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. “There’s nothing more important to what we do than leadership," he said.

06/17/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Five Enemy Fighters, Detain 13      

WASHINGTON - Forces in Iraq killed five enemy fighters, detained 13 terrorism suspects, and uncovered several weapons caches in recent operations, military officials said.

06/17/2008

U.S. Special Forces Aid Dying Afghan Boy  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Jaweed Noor, a 10-year-old Afghan boy, escorted by his father and a U.S. Special Forces soldier, was flown to Bagram Air Base for tests after medics diagnosed a tumor on his upper arm.

06/17/2008

Troops, Families Rack Up College Credits During Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division have been setting records amassing college credits during precious downtime.

06/17/2008

‘Operation New Town’ Molds Trust in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers and coalition forces conducted an air assault census mission named “Operation New Town” in Shakriyah, Iraq.

06/17/2008

America Supports You: Group Offers Free Mental Health Counseling      

WASHINGTON - Mental Health practitioners nationwide are donating their time and services to provide free, confidential counseling to military people and their families.

06/17/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Continues Family’s Martial Arts Tradition  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Dimas Estrada uses taekwondo to keep himself and other soldiers fit and busy in their spare time, teaching classes in the sport five days a week on Camp Victory, Iraq.

06/17/2008

Claims of Taliban Gains ‘Way Overblown,’ Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Reports that suggest the Taliban have gained a footing in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province are “way overblown,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

06/17/2008

Admiral Urges Young Officers to Share Ideas by Writing      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Young officers can provide added service to the nation by exercising their minds and sharing their good ideas through writing, a U.S. military officer said.

06/17/2008

Irregular Campaigns Now Part of Joint Doctrine, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The U.S. military now incorporates a joint-force strategy to combat enemies who practice unconventional warfare around the globe.

06/17/2008

Military Commission Process Still Moving Ahead      

WASHINGTON - Despite a recent Supreme Court ruling, the military is proceeding with commissions on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon press secretary said.

06/17/2008

President Thanks Former Commander of NATO Forces in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised the former commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, who plans to retire in August after a 40-year Army career.

06/16/2008

Chairman Launches Four-Day Tour of Western Installations      

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has begun a four-day tour of western-U.S. military installations.

06/16/2008

Gates: North America Needs Security to Reach Full Potential      

WASHINGTON - The United States, Canada and Mexico must establish security to realize their full potential, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/16/2008

Guard Members in Two States Prepare for Rising Rivers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 600 National Guard members in Illinois and Missouri are continuing sandbagging operations along the Mississippi River in an effort to thwart flood waters that are subsiding in Iowa.

06/16/2008

America Supports You: ‘GI Java’ Supports Foundation      

WASHINGTON - A Washington state shop offers coffee in military-themed sizes: the small is called a private, and the large is a sergeant. A portion of all sales goes to U.S. Wounded Soldiers Foundation.

06/16/2008

Guard Continues Brisk Recruiting Pace      

WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard has been so successful recruiting and retaining citizen-soldiers that officials purposely slowed May enlistments, National Guard Bureau officials reported.

06/16/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 35 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 20 militants after a reconnaissance patrol was attacked in the Deh Chopan district of Zabul province, bringing to 35 the number of insurgents killed in two days of fighting.

06/16/2008

Troops in Iraq Detain 20, Discover Multiple Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition Forces captured 20 insurgents and found several weapons caches during operations, military officials said.

06/16/2008

Britain Will Send More Troops to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Says      

WASHINGTON - The United Kingdom will increase the number of troops it contributes to the coalition effort in Afghanistan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced.

06/16/2008

Airman Designs Custom Farm Equipment for Afghans  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Tim Bayes, noncommissioned officer in charge for a reconstruction team in Afghanistan, designed a fertilizer spreader to help local farmers increase their yield.

06/16/2008

Teachers Prepare to Return to Southern Baghdad Schools  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Coaltion forces are improving security and infrastructure in the southern Baghdad area in the hopes of giving children and teachers there a better chance at a normal school year, uninterrupted by violence.

06/16/2008

Face of Defense: Engineer Returns to Iraq, Likes What He Sees  This story contains photos.    

CAMP KALSU, Iraq - Army Lt. Col. Michael Darrow recently returned to Iraq on his second U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission. Five years later, he's finding dramatic changes in how construction projects are handled.

06/15/2008

America Supports You: D.C. United Soccer Team Honors Troops, Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of troops and their families were treated to a professional soccer match during D.C. United’s 9th Annual Armed Forces Day in the nation’s capital.

06/15/2008

Coalition Forces, Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces captured suspected terrorists and seized several weapons caches across Iraq during the past three days.

06/15/2008

Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents During Operations in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army and coalition forces killed more than 15 insurgents in Kandahar province during a search for escaped prisoners from Kandahar City, military officials said.

06/13/2008

Army Displays New Equipment, ‘Team Soldier’ Logo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army displayed its latest product line of clothing and equipment in the Pentagon courtyard.

06/13/2008

Larger Force in Afghanistan ‘Might Be Counterintuitive,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - The current number of forces in Afghanistan is enough to accomplish the mission, but it will take awhile to do so, the U.S. officer who just finished his tour as commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan said.

06/13/2008

America Supports You: Silver Star Families Honor Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - Silver Star Families of America is now honoring troops who treat warriors wounded on the battlefield with certificate.

06/13/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Weighs In on Issues Facing Forces      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the state of the Air Force, his vision for a modified GI Bill, and the Army’s birthday.

06/13/2008

Face of Defense: Cartoonist Drawn to Guantanamo  This story contains photos.    

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn R. Larson, a syndicated editorial cartoonist and member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, is now a military editor in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/13/2008

Afghan National Police Training Continues Despite Obstacles  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers helping train Afghan police on Forward Operating Base Scorpion face obstacles like languages barriers, but they're committed to their mission, no matter what that means.

06/13/2008

Iraq’s Interior Ministry Completes First Internal Review      

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Interior Ministry conducted a first in its history: an internal review of strategic goals and objectives it has achieved so far in 2008.

06/13/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Thwart Ambushes, Kill Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces thwarted three ambushes, killing at least 17 enemy fighters and seizing explosive materials and weapons in Afghanistan, military officials said.

06/13/2008

Challenges Remain in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Though statistics indicate the insurgency in Afghanistan is not expanding, multiple challenges remain there, the U.S. officer who just finished his tour as commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan said.

06/13/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill Nine, Capture 24, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed nine enemy fighters, captured more than 24 suspects, and seized weapons across Iraq, military officials said.

06/13/2008

Army Invention Saves Severely Injured Servicemembers’ Lives      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research has developed a livesaving procedure that was named one of the Army’s “Top Ten Greatest Inventions of 2007.”

06/13/2008

Navy Base’s Safety Record Goes From Worst to First  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After being called one of the 100 worst federal workplaces in the United States for safety, Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., is now ranked at the top.

06/13/2008

Gates Calls on NATO Allies to Live up to Pledges      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO has made significant progress in Afghanistan, and the alliance now needs to deliver on the goals its heads of state set when they met in April, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/13/2008

Gates Speaks from Heart in Effort to Spur NATO Nations      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates threw away his script and spoke from his heart during a dinner at which he and other defense ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium, discussed the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

06/13/2008

Flag Day: Four Personal Perspectives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four current and retired servicemembers recently shared their perspectives about the flag and how it’s inspired them through their proudest as well as darkest days as a symbol of patriotism, strength and resilience.

06/12/2008

Too Early to Predict Further U.S. Troop Cuts in Iraq, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops in Iraq is slated to decrease from 20 to 15 brigades by the end of July, but it is too soon to predict additional reductions, the U.S. military’s top officer said.

06/12/2008

Guard, Earnhardt Teams Join Up at NASCAR Event  This story contains photos.    

LONG POND, Pa. - Hours before his seventh-place start and fourth-place finish in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, Dale Earnhardt Jr. looked fresh and rested as he visited National Guard members at an infield area.

06/12/2008

Pentagon Memorial Nears Full Bloom      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England joined Jim Laychak, who lost a brother on 9/11, in planting one of dozens of trees that will shade the cantilever benches, each engraved with a victim’s name.

06/12/2008

Graduation Doesn’t Mean Stop Learning, Vice Chairman Tells NDU Grads      

WASHINGTON - Graduating from a military university shouldn’t be the end to a servicemember’s learning, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the National Defense University graduation.

06/12/2008

Guard Floods States With Assistance as Waters Rise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Governors in four states affected by flooding called out more than 2,000 National Guard members to assist with sandbagging, road blocks and rescues.

06/12/2008

Mullen Hails Iraqi Political Debate on U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing debate within Iraq’s political realm about negotiations over the U.S.-Iraq strategic framework agreement indicates the healthy development of Iraq’s young democracy, the U.S. military’s top officer said.

06/12/2008

Improved Iraqi Security Leads to Reconstruction, Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Security improvements have freed Iraqi government and coalition forces to make inroads in boosting Iraq’s growth and sovereignty.

06/12/2008

Motorcycle Refresher Required for Redeploying Infantry Troops      

FORT STEWART, Ga. - Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch lost too many soldiers during the 3rd Infantry Division’s third and longest deployment to Iraq. But now that most of the division is finally home, Lynch told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff he’s not willing to take a single additional casualty due to a motorcycle accident.

06/12/2008

Al-Qaida Pressured, But Remains ‘Lethal Foe,’ Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - Although al-Qaida’s operations in Iraq have been battered, the terrorist organization remains a threat to be reckoned with, the U.S. military’s top officer said.

06/12/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill Eight, Detain 24      

WASHINGTON - Forces in Iraq killed eight enemy fighters, detained 24 terrorism suspects and found various weapons in recent operations, military officials said.

06/12/2008

America Supports You: Veterans Get Chance to Push Physical, Mental Limits  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An offshoot of a program founded in England during World War II to prepare young sailors to endure wartime adversity at sea is helping U.S. war veterans today.

06/12/2008

Gates Begins NATO Deliberations in Belgium      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is the most important issue facing NATO defense ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who are meeting in Brussels, a top U.S. military official said.

06/12/2008

Face of Defense: Wheeled-Vehicle Mechanic Helps Keep Soldiers Mobile  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Pfc. Jacob Gilmon prides himself on making sure every vehicle leaving Camp Liberty, Iraq, is safe and reliable in dangerous situations.

06/12/2008

Police Mentor Team Helps Afghan National Police  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Police mentor team “Patriot” visits its assigned Afghan National Police stations daily, coaching the police to solve any problems on the spot, paving the way to an Afghan solution.

06/12/2008

Memorial Tree-Planting Honors Fallen 3rd Infantry Division Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART Ga. - Three additional trees were planted along Warriors Walk on Fort Stewart, Ga., bringing to 411 the number of Eastern redbud trees in the memorial honoring fallen 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who died in Iraq.

06/12/2008

Bush Proclaims National Flag Week      

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued a proclamation urging Americans to observe National Flag Week and Flag Day on June 14, and to recognize the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers have made through U.S. history to protect the freedoms for which the flag stands.

06/12/2008

Mullen Assesses Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Stewart  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART, Ga. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toured the new Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Stewart, Ga., and met with wounded troops to hear how the Army is ensuring they get the best care and support possible.

06/12/2008

Mullen Visits 3rd Infantry Division to Express Thanks, Gauge Concerns  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART, Ga. - The nation’s top military officer praised recently redeployed soldiers who made up part of the troop surge in Iraq for “changing the calculus in Iraq and giving us possibilities that clearly a year ago we didn’t have.”

06/12/2008

Gates to Discuss Afghanistan, Missile Defense at NATO Conference      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and fellow NATO defense ministers will discuss alliance operations in Afghanistan, the alliance missile defense program, and transition plans for Kosovo during a two-day ministerial.

06/11/2008

Pentagon is Open to Revamped GI Bill, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is open to supporting a revamped GI Bill for troops if it would enable the transfer of unused benefits to family members and wouldn’t cause an exodus of troops from the military.

06/11/2008

Air Strike in Pakistan ‘Legitimate, Self-Defense,’ Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials called a U.S. air strike in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border “legitimate” and “self-defense,” and said they are investigating the attack with Pakistani officials.

06/11/2008

Soldiers in Afghanistan Foster New Relationships  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Task Force Gladiator soldiers brought fuel for service generators and attended the opening of an all-girls school -- all in the hope of building relationships.

06/11/2008

Congressional Action Frees Up Funds for Military Pay, Operations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will be able to pay its troops and civilians through the end of next month, thanks to actions approved by Congress, a senior Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

06/11/2008

Experts Offer Tips for Preparing for Hurricane Season      

WASHINGTON - Hurricane season officially began June 1, and people across the country are gearing up for another season of strong winds, torrential rains, hail and flying debris.

06/11/2008

U.S. Airmen Teach Iraqis Western-Style Command, Control  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. airmen are teaching command-and-control techniques to their counterparts at the Iraqi air operations center at Camp Victory in Baghdad.

06/11/2008

Hundreds of Former Iraqi Insurgents Reconcile With Government      

BALAD, Iraq - Since May 22, more than 500 former insurgents in the Balad area have reconciled with the Iraqi government, helping to unify the country.

06/11/2008

Bush, German Leader Discuss Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked the German people for their help in Afghanistan and Iraq, following discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Meseberg, Germany.

06/11/2008

America Supports You: Patriotic Hearts Care for Military, Families      

WASHINGTON - Troops, veterans and their families going through problems related to deployments can get help from a California-based organization.

06/11/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Praises Coast Guard's Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Coast Guard Foundation that military and federal agencies should become more like the Coast Guard by stepping up levels of flexibility, mutual engagement and cooperation.

06/11/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture ‘Special Groups,’ al-Qaida Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured two men: the alleged leader of an Iranian-backed enemy “special group” and an alleged al-Qaida chieftain.

06/10/2008

Gates Discusses Surveillance, Transition Programs      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is pleased with the early results from a panel looking into intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, known as ISR, assets.

06/10/2008

Trip Was Gesture of Respect to Airmen, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ trip to three Air Force installations was a gesture of respect and confidence in airmen following a rough week for the service.

06/10/2008

Services Meet or Exceed May Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All the services met or exceeded their May active-duty recruiting goals and have exceeded their target recruiting numbers for this point in the fiscal year.

06/10/2008

Gates Hammers Home Importance of Air Force Nuke Mission      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave a very quick synopsis of the goals of his tenure in office, hammering home the importance of the Air Force's nuclear mission focus during a meeting with troops on Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

06/10/2008

Commissaries Pull Some Tomatoes From Shelves      

WASHINGTON - Military commissary stores -- except those in Europe -- have removed tomatoes from their shelves after a Food and Drug Administration warning linking a salmonella outbreak to certain varieties.

06/10/2008

Indiana National Guard Postures for Additional Flood Support      

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana National Guard is preparing to continue a long flood fight across the southern part of the state, and Guardsmen and equipment are moving to counties in southwestern Indiana.

06/10/2008

Iraqi Flight Teams Protect Date Palm Crop      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s Agriculture Ministry is protecting the nation’s commercial date palm crop from deadly dubas beetles with a nationwide spraying program.

06/10/2008

Face of Defense: Nevadan Becomes First Guard Thunderbird Pilot  This story contains photos.    

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada Air National Guard Maj. Derek Routt is slated to become the first National Guard pilot to take to the skies with the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.

06/10/2008

U.S., Afghan Troops Use Mortar Fire to Thwart Insurgent Attack      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan troops used mortar fire to defeat insurgents who fired upon a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, military officials said.

06/10/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Kill Three al-Qaida Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained five suspects in northern Iraq during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq, military officials said.

06/10/2008

New Media Directorate Earns Prestigious Public Relations Honors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Public Relations Society of America honored the Defense Department’s New Media directorate with four “Silver Anvil” awards at a gala in New York City on June 5.

06/10/2008

Afghan Air Corps Graduates First Class of Firefighters  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Eleven members of the Afghan National Army Air Corps have graduated as firefighters amid high expectations to make their country safer.

06/10/2008

Afghan Attorney General Speaks at Camp Eggers  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan’s Attorney General, Abdul Jabar Sabit, says the country is progressing toward nationwide rule of law, but still has far to go.

06/09/2008

Secretary Discusses Candid Meeting With Airmen at Langley  This story contains photos.    

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he was pleased with the give-and-take he had with about 400 Air Combat Command airmen on Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

06/09/2008

Gates Cites Air Force’s Value in War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - America’s war on terror would grind to a halt without the contributions of the Air Force, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/09/2008

Iraq Detention Centers Give Glimpse Into al-Qaida, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Officials who manage detention centers in Iraq are getting a valuable look inside the mind of al-Qaida in Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer said.

06/09/2008

Gates Says Nuclear Mission Shortcomings Caused Air Force Dismissals      

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - If it were not for the serious decline in the Air Force’s nuclear mission focus and performance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, he would not have felt the need to replace the Air Force leadership.

06/09/2008

Defense Agency Solicits Proposals for ‘Fracture Putty’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants civilian firms to help develop a new product that could help heal battlefield wounds such as compound bone fractures.

06/09/2008

Coalition Efforts in Northern Iraq Reduce Number of Roadside Bombs      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi military operations in northern Iraq have cut the number of roadside bombs there nearly in half since February, the Multinational Division North commander said.

06/09/2008

Coalition Builds Capacity in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A security command in southern Afghanistan is making progress by training Afghan security forces, building relationships with civilians and rebuilding communities, the commander said.

06/09/2008

Five Attackers Killed, Seven Detained in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five enemy fighters, destroyed a foreign terrorist hideout, and detained seven terrorism suspects in operations across Iraq.

06/09/2008

Indiana Guard Responds to Regional Flooding  This story contains photos.    

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana National Guard responded with sandbags to the rains that stranded motorists and flooded homes in Indiana's Wabash Valley, June 7, 2008.

06/09/2008

Soldiers in Afghanistan Test New Off-Road Prototypes  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Soldiers from Combined Task Force Currahee recently test-drove a new vehicle that could help alleviate some of the problems they have maneuvering through mountains and valleys.

06/09/2008

U.S. Admiral Addresses Pakistan Navy War College      

LAHORE, Pakistan - At the invitation of Pakistan’s navy, a U.S. admiral spoke to officers at the Pakistan Navy War College about the importance of fostering relationships with coalition partners.

06/09/2008

Troops in Iraq Get Front-Row Seats at Children’s Graduations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A few soldiers in Iraq got to watch their children graduate high school thousands of miles away, courtesy of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, U.S. Army Europe and 5th Signal Command in Germany.

06/09/2008

Negotiations Continue on U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework      

WASHINGTON - Negotiations continue on the strategic framework agreement between the United States and Iraq that will allow military operations in Iraq to continue after the United Nations mandate runs out Dec. 31.

06/09/2008

First Lady Visits Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - First lady Laura Bush visited troops on Bagram Air Base during her third trip to Afghanistan, offering praise and encouragement to troops.

06/09/2008

Gates Announces Recommendations on Senior Air Force Leadership Positions      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended that President Bush nominate Michael B. Donley for secretary of the Air Force and Gen. Norton A. Schwartz for Air Force chief of staff.

06/09/2008

Air Guard, Harley-Davidson Join to Improve Processes  This story contains photos.    

MILWAUKEE - For one week, the Air National Guard and Harley-Davidson personnel revved up their efforts to eliminate unnecessary processes for the benefit of both organizations.

06/09/2008

Physical Evaluation Board Works to Deliver Fair Outcomes  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - On Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a 16-person staff is dedicated to providing a full and fair hearing to determine a soldier’s physical fitness for continued military service.

06/08/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture al-Qaida Leader in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leader and a man believed to lead a bombing cell under his direction during operations in Mosul, military officials said.

06/08/2008

Iraqi Military Medical System Makes Progress      

WASHINGTON - As security improves, more doctors are returning to clinical services, but more are needed in the Iraqi security forces.

06/07/2008

Mullen Tells Senior Officers to Listen to Young Troops  This story contains photos.    

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. - All ranks must work to together to change the military from a peacetime mentality to a war footing, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told military graduates.

06/07/2008

President Urges Congress to Pass Military Funding Bill      

WASHINGTON - President Bush urged Congress to immediately pass legislation that’s urgently needed to fund military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and other important Defense Department programs.

06/06/2008

New Computer Banner Balances Security, Privacy Considerations      

WASHINGTON - A new notice on Defense Department computer screens ensures users understand that their e-mails are subject to monitoring, but also reinforces specific user privacy protections.

06/06/2008

Assistance Center Provides Expertise for Humanitarian Missions Worldwide      

WASHINGTON - A division of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has been working with U.S. military combatant commanders to assess, on a worldwide basis, nations’ abilities to track and respond to outbreaks of infection.

06/06/2008

USNS Mercy Mission Forms Partnerships, Provides Medical Help  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The crew of the hospital ship USNS Mercy is forging relationships while providing medical assistance from the Phillipines to East Timor.

06/06/2008

Military Looks to Synthetics, Conservation to Cut Fuel Bills      

WASHINGTON - With fuel prices soaring and no apparent end in sight, the Defense Department is feeling the pinch in its pocketbook and is looking for ways to save through conservation and alternative fuels programs.

06/06/2008

Interagency Task Force Targets ‘Violent Actors,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - A new initiative within U.S. Central Command focusing on irregular warfare is tracking and targeting “violent and extreme actors” in the command’s area of operations

06/06/2008

Police Trainers Focus on Afghan People, Not Taliban, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Marine battalion tasked with training Afghan police members focuses more on helping Afghan people prosper than on defeating the Taliban.

06/06/2008

Idaho Guardsmen Train Afghan National Police  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Deployed Idaho National Guardsmen working as a police mentoring team have been traveling throughout Afghanistan’s Parwan province to train and advise the Afghan National Police.

06/06/2008

Suspects Killed, Several Detained in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Several suspects were killed and five were detained during June 3 operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

06/06/2008

America Supports You: Distillery Raises Glass to Troops, Support Group      

WASHINGTON - Jim Beam distillery invites the public to post toasts to troops on its website.

06/06/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Four, Detain Dozens      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four enemy fighters and detained dozens of suspected terrorists in recent operations, military officials said.

06/06/2008

Economy Booms Again in Southern Baghdad Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When U.S. Army Capt. Shawn Carbone first observed the economy in Iraq’s southern Baghdad province, he found it similar to his studies of America during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

06/06/2008

Face of Defense: Airman Extends Twice to Meet Goals in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Air Force Maj. Jiro McCoy made sure he stayed in Iraq long enough to help Iraqi air force succeed.

06/06/2008

Defense, Prosecution Chiefs Differ as Guantanamo Arraignment Ends      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY - The chiefs of defense and prosecution offered different views of the day’s results to reporters after five accused terrorists heard the charges filed against them for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America at an arraignment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/05/2008

‘Guantanamo Five’ Hear Charges, Reject Counsel      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Five accused terrorists heard the charges filed against them for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America at an arraignment at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

06/05/2008

New Task Force to Examine Nuclear Weapons, Parts Control, Accountability      

WASHINGTON - A new task force will recommend improvements needed to ensure top-level accountability and control of U.S. nuclear weapons, delivery vehicles and sensitive components, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced.

06/05/2008

Walter Reed Rolls Out Safer, Smoother Transport for Wounded  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Walter Reed Army Medical Center rolled out a new vehicle that will make wounded soldiers’ ride to the Army hospital safer and smoother.

06/05/2008

Top Air Force Leaders Resign Following Nuclear Component Mishandling  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced the resignations of Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley following an investigation revealing a decline in the Air Force's nuclear program focus, performance and effective leadership.

06/05/2008

America Supports You: Group Takes Team Approach to Troop Support      

WASHINGTON - In Ohio, a new team is taking a community approach to supporting troops and military families.

06/05/2008

Officials Break Ground for Brain Injury Center of Excellence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and other officials broke ground for the new National Intrepid Center of Excellence for psychological health and traumatic brain injury at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

06/05/2008

U.S. Isn’t Seeking Permanent Bases in Iraq, Ambassador Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is not seeking permanent military bases in Iraq as it negotiates legal and military agreements with the Iraqi government, said Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.

06/05/2008

Mohammed, Two Other Defendants Reject U.S. Military Counsel      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Three of five defendants accused of involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America rejected court-appointed legal counsel during their arraignment.

06/05/2008

U.S. Soldiers Help Iraqi Mothers Meet Children’s Needs  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - More than 100 Iraqi families received diapers, formula and cereal at the Radwaniyah Palace Complex Civil Military Operations Center, about seven kilometers southwest of Baghdad.

06/05/2008

Mullen Says Trip Provides Insight on Ground Conditions      

WASHINGTON - A 10-day trip designed to foster relationships with allies and emerging countries offered many insights on ground conditions, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/05/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Round Up Iran-Backed Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured an alleged leader and a suspected primary weapons smuggler and financier for Iranian-backed enemy fighters.

06/05/2008

Coalition Air Strikes Kill Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Several militants were killed and five others were detained as coalition forces disrupted anti-government operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

06/05/2008

Mullen Says Meetings in Pakistan Strengthen Military Relationships      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned from an overseas trip that included meetings with Pakistani leaders in an effort to reinforce the military-to-military relationship between the two countries.

06/05/2008

Troops Eager for GI Bill Revision, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - From the Philippines to Baghdad to Fort Bragg, N.C., military members ask the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about changes to the GI Bill.

06/05/2008

Assets Still Available for Burma Aid Distribution, General Says      

UTAPHAO, Thailand - The United States continues to extend its offer of cyclone relief support to the government of Burma, even as the USS Essex group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit move away from the Burmese coast.

06/05/2008

Military Commission Hearings to Be Fair, Transparent, Trial Advisor Vows      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Five accused terrorists slated for arraignment for their alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America will get a fair trial, a senior military lawyer and judge vowed.

06/04/2008

Security Continues to Improve in Iraqi Neighborhoods, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Positive trends in Iraq can be attributed to the increasingly successful Iraqi army and the citizen cooperation, a senior military official said.

06/04/2008

General Credits Lull in Iraq Violence to Better Security, Citizen Help      

WASHINGTON - Last month marked the fewest attacks in Iraq in four years, a reduction one military official attributed to improved security tactics and an increase in tips from Iraqi citizens.

06/04/2008

America Supports You: Mouse Click Closes Distance Between Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Websites for Heroes" allows photos and video so deployed parents can watch their families back home.

06/04/2008

Military ‘Borrows’ Civilian Mental Health Workers for Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to offer more mental health professionals on military bases, officials announced at a Pentagon news conference.

06/04/2008

Coalition Forces Attacked During Humanitarian Mission      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed more than a dozen insurgents who attacked them during a humanitarian-assistance mission near Putay in Helmand province.

06/04/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Nine, Including Wanted Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained nine suspects in central and northwestern Iraq, including three wanted men and four of his associates, military officials said.

06/04/2008

New Road Brings Prosperity to Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - During a groundbreaking ceremony, the U.S. commander of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team said a new $6 million road would provide economic security and bring easier access to lifesaving providers.

06/04/2008

‘String of Miracles’ Benefits Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military’s humanitarian center and a nonprofit group focusing on children are coordinating medical care for Iraqis.

06/04/2008

Navy Ships Off Burmese Coast to Resume Operational Schedule      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy ships that have been positioned off Burma’s coast since May 13 with urgently needed humanitarian assistance for the victims of Cyclone Nargis will resume their previously scheduled operations.

06/04/2008

Mullen Meets with Pakistani Military Leaders      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad to discuss military-to-military relations between the two countries.

06/03/2008

Army Hero Joins Medal of Honor Roster at Pentagon Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis joined a select group of military heroes when his name was included in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

06/03/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Four Militants, Detain 13, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four militants, captured 13 suspects and seized scores of weapons in Iraq in recent days.

06/03/2008

Pentagon Seeks to Limit Procurement Cost Growth, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to limit the growth of costs for new equipment, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official reported to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

06/03/2008

Iraqi National Police Gain Villagers’ Respect  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - Under the Iraqi National Police, Yarimjah is peaceful and children play alongside the police. "The important thing is to create trust between the national police and the people," said Col. Fasial Majed Muhsen.

06/03/2008

College Basketball Champ Kansas Jayhawks Visit Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The University of Kansas champion men's basketball team began its victory lap by visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

06/03/2008

Meeting Yields Progress in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Parliament leaders, village elders and other government officials have set the course for new procedures to fix shoddy construction practices, following a meeting at the governor's compound in Kapisa province.

06/03/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Kids, Grandparents Bond      

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group is expanding its program to bring military children and their grandparents closer together to provide more support when a loved one is deployed.

06/03/2008

‘Hurricane Herb’ Gives Florida Guard Disaster-Response Test  This story contains photos.    

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Just days into the 2008 hurricane season, the Florida Department of Military Affairs and Florida National Guard are actively preparing in case a devastating storm strikes the state this year.

06/03/2008

McKiernan Assumes Command of NATO Forces in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan has assumed command of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force from U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill.

06/03/2008

New Commander in Korea Outlines Top Priorities      

SEOUL, South Korea - The top U.S. officer in South Korea assumed command with priorities that include strengthening the U.S.-South Korean military alliance and improving the quality of life for U.S. troops there.

06/03/2008

Unwavering U.S. Commitment Provides Backdrop to Korean Command Change  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hailed newly promoted Army Gen. William “Skip” Sharp as “the right man” to advance the close U.S. alliance with South Korea.

06/02/2008

Gates, Military Leaders in Korea Advocate Normalized Tours      

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s not only receptive to extending U.S. troop deployments to South Korea to three-year accompanied tours, but believes it is “overdue.”

06/02/2008

U.S. General in Iraq Takes Measures to Prevent Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. general responsible for operations in Baghdad has announced that he is taking proactive steps to prevent soldiers in his command from taking their own lives.

06/02/2008

Lessons Learned at Abu Ghraib Drive Current Detainee Policies      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are making "great efforts" to correct past mistakes by reaching out to detainees to prevent insurgent activities, the commander of detainee operations for Multinational Force Iraq said.

06/02/2008

U.S. General Expresses Optimism About Baghdad Operations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. two-star general responsible for operations in Baghdad expressed optimism about the current state of anti-insurgent efforts in and around Iraq’s capital city.

06/02/2008

America Supports You: Group Builds Homes for Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Kirt Rebello wanted to thank soldiers for serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, so he founded a group to build or remodel homes to accommodate severely wounded warriors.

06/02/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers, Bring Aid to Village  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The line extended out the gate and around the corner, and it disappeared up the narrow street as residents of Dehna, a village west of Baghdad, waited to receive aid from Iraqi and U.S. soldiers.

06/02/2008

Engineers Rebuild Border Police Checkpoint, Quarters  This story contains photos.    

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Coalition engineer and cavalry soldiers have been working together for two months to build living quarters and a security checkpoint for Afghan border police at the Gowardesh Bridge.

06/02/2008

Army General Pins on Fourth Star, Prepares for Korea Job  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. Army gained another four-star general as U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over the promotion of Walter L. “Skip” Sharp.

06/02/2008

Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Fallen Army Hero’s Family  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush presented the Medal of Honor to fallen Army hero Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis’ parents during a White House ceremony honoring his valor.

06/02/2008

Two Enemy Fighters Killed, Dozens More Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two enemy fighters, detained dozens of terrorism suspects and discovered several weapons caches in Iraq, military officials reported.

06/02/2008

America Supports You: Military Kids Create Flurry of New Memories      

WASHINGTON - For the past two years, one troop-support organization has made sure children of fallen servicemembers have an avalanche of fun.

06/02/2008

Mullen Pays Tribute to Fallen at Manila Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

MANILA, Philippines - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff placed a crysanthemum wreath at the American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines, comemorating the 17,206 U.S. troops buried there.

06/02/2008

Wounded Troops Increasingly Demand Assistive Technology      

WASHINGTON - The number of returning wounded troops who need technology to assist with their visual, hearing, dexterity and cognitive disabilities is outpacing requests from other servicemembers.

06/02/2008

Gates to Explore Strides in Security Relationship With South Korea      

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss future developments in the U.S.-Republic of Korea security relationship and officiate at tomorrow’s change of command ceremonies at U.S. Forces Korea.

06/01/2008

Mullen Views Interagency Success in Philippines  This story contains photos.    

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff saw firsthand how the U.S. interagency fight is making progress against a Philippine insurgency.

06/01/2008

Marines Launch New Attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., and British forces of Task Force Helmand launched a new operation in the southern portion of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

06/01/2008

Coalition Forces In Iraq Detain Dozens of Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured dozens of terrorism suspects and continued to uncover enemy weapons stockpiles.

06/01/2008

Mullen Visits U.S. Forces Helping Philippine Military Defeat Insurgents  This story contains photos.    

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - The U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Task Force is making a difference in helping the Philippine military defeat extremists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/01/2008

Soldier’s Wife Becomes First Military Spouse Naturalized Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The wife of a U.S. Army soldier became a citizen of the United States at the first overseas naturalization ceremony for a military spouse.

06/01/2008

Gates Affirms Democratic Principles During Bangkok Visit  This story contains photos.    

BANGKOK, Thailand - In Bangkok, Thailand, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed that the U.S.-Thai military-to-military relationship is based on shared democratic principles.

06/01/2008

Gates, Mullen Discuss Far-Ranging Defense Issues  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with reporters for a broad-ranging discussion about various defense issues.

06/01/2008

Gates: Navy Ships Could Leave Burma Coast ‘Within Days’      

SINGAPORE - The United States likely will decide “within days” to move four U.S. Navy ships that have been waiting off the coast of Burma for permission to provide help to cyclone-stricken residents, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

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